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Growing local

This Youtube presentation (here) while aimed at producers  contains good information that is relevant to everybody who grows food no matter the scale. Hard not to be convinced from somebody like Brown who is doing it successfully in the US rural heartland's conservative belt.

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Yes, thanks for the link Phil, Brown's Ranch is the fist Facebook page I've bookmarked ... I know it's not the be all and and all, but there's a huge amount of time and thought that's gone into his observations and results.

The Thierry Vrain GMO video, further down Brown's ranch facebook feed is a good watch as well.

Yes I madly started planting out more of my pigface today in nooks and crannies. Looks great too when it consolidates. 

But Elaine offers a great tip: you can find cheapo seeds in food stores. My PPs are from Indian grocers ($3.50/kgm) and I can get Mung at about the same price. From seed suppliers Pigeon Peas are $5 for 30 seeds. Locally grown but you take what you can get.

That's also how I get my (locally grown) coriander seeds which I broadcast sow.Locally grown is always fresher than imports and there's not the elevated  import risk. ..and you'd be surprised how much stock is locally resourced. Go for the high turnover shops..and look to the air con as the seed may indeed be better stored.

Health food shops are dearer...but their seed product may be less factory farmed, even organic.

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